I shared a post yesterday about a word from the Lord concerning our current status in the American Church and seven things we need to understand if we are to be the Daniel Generation that is needed at this time.
As I reflected on that word yesterday afternoon I was stirred in my spirit again because what is fundamental to a Daniel Generation is Daniel’s heart. He was already in the habit of knowing God. It was out of that deep core of practice that he could not be shaken.
If our current American Christian environment doesn’t wake up and create deep habits that draw us continually into the presence of God, we are NOT going to see a Daniel Generation.
I came on a TV series that is online now called “The Newsroom.” It was on HBO for three very short seasons and I loved the show. The first 8 minutes of the very first show blew me out of the water. It is the best 8 minutes of television I’ve ever seen and this show hit it out of the park in its very first 8 minutes.
The scene is a college campus and a forum is taking place. A typical liberal and typical conservative are seated on the platform with a TV news anchor named Will McAvoy between them. They are fielding questions from a moderator on stage and then answering some questions from the audience as well.
Will McAvoy tries to stay neutral as the typical liberal and typical conservative spew their bumper sticker responses to each other. Then a question comes from the students: “What makes America the greatest country in the world?”
McAvoy then thinks he is hallucinating. He sees an old girlfriend who was a field journalist and executive producer in the audience, but can’t understand why she would be there, so he thinks he’s just imagining it. It throws him off as he is asked to answer the question. He blows off the question by simply mimicking the liberal’s answer and the conservative’s answer.
The moderator decides not to let him off the hook. McAvoy looks out into the audience again and this time the old girlfriend is holding up a handwritten sign that says, “It’s not.” She then flips the page and it reads: “But it can be.”
McAvoy then locks in and gives an impassioned speech about the reality of where we are as a nation and the hope for what we can do again.
You can see the best 8 minutes of television HERE. (Warning: it has some strong language.)
My point is not to argue the pros and cons of his speech or if you liked the show or not.
My point is this:
The American Church is headed for a new Dark Ages … but it doesn’t have to.
That’s the strong word I sensed from the Lord yesterday and it scares every fiber in me to actually put that on a post and it into the world. But that’s precisely what I sensed. And I’m done with wimpy prayers and spineless Christianity.